Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Essay

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Although Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz had no formal training as a mathematician, his contributions to the field of mathematics are still evident today. His results and work laid the groundwork for more thorough and rigorous treatments of calculus that would come later from various mathematicians. One of his most enduring legacies is the notations he used for calculus, which are still used around the world. Outside of mathematics Gottfried Leibniz made contributions to the fields of philosophy, law, and politics.
Gottfried Leibniz was born to Friedrich Leibniz and Catharina Schmuck on July 1st, 1646 in Leipzig, Saxony (Germany) (Ross, 2000). His father, Friedrich, was a professor of moral philosophy at the University of Leipzig. Gottfried's
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Gottfried graduated in 1662 with a bachelors degree in philosophy with his thesis De Principio Individui (On the Principle of the Individual) (EGS, 2010). Two years later in 1664 Gottfried defended his dissertation “Specimen Quaestionum Philosophicarum ex Jure collectarum”, arguing for both a theoretical and a pedagogical relationship between philosophy and law and was awarded his Master's degree in philosophy (EGS, 2010). About a year later Gottfried received his bachelor's degree in Law, his third degree from the University of Leipzig. In 1666 while trying to pursue his doctorate in Law Leibniz was forced to leave the University of Leipzig due to political differences between himself and his fellow students and faculty members (EGS, 2010). Gottfried continued his pursuit of a Doctorate in law at the University of Altdorf, which he received in November of 1666. Also in 1666 Gottfried published his first book, On the Art of Combinations (EGS, 2010). In it he argued that “all our ideas are compounded from a very small number of simple ideas, which form the alphabet of human thought. Complex ideas proceed from these simple ideas by a uniform and symmetrical combination, analogous to arithmetical multiplication.” (Rational, 2010)
After his years in school and earning four degrees, Gottfried's first paid position was interestingly as an alchemist in Nuremberg
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